Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sugar Gardenias

I recently had the enormous pleasure of taking a one-on-one class with the immensely talented Jaqueline Butler of Petalsweet Cakes.

Of course I had a giant list of things to learn, but she knew what we could fit in and even that was very ambitious. We settled on some sugar gardenias. I love these flowers, so I couldnt wait to recreate them in sugar. I also wanted to make sure that it was a fairly quick flower that I had a chance of being able to replicate in a short enough time to be worth my while, and to be something that isnt easy to get fresh.

Jackie is extremely thorough, patient and well organised. She sets everything out carefully before starting and it was a good lesson to me to make sure I have plenty of room and try to work cleanly and neatly.

Of course they were a lot trickier than they look, but we slowly worked and I finished the class with a full flower, two smaller flowers, 3 lovely glossy leaves, and some buds. I also had a huge shopping list of things to buy!

I learned some very important techniques that I can apply to lots of other stuff, using the colors and lustre dusts, the laquer to get glossy leaves, and making and rolling out gumpaste and shaping petals for a realistic flower.

I'm sure Jackie would be more than happy to hear from anyone who would like to take her lessons, she's based in San Diego, so give her a shout if you'd like to learn from her! She also has a facebook page, its always lovely to see her creations.

8 comments:

Darlene said...

It's hard to believe the gardenia is not real. Truly wonderful!

SweetThingsTO said...

How lucky of you to be taught by Jaqueline! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations!

kirbie said...

Oh wow, so beautiful!

Nicisme said...

Those are gorgeous!

Kara said...

Those are really pretty..What kind of gumpaste are you using? I love the super-smooth texture.

Jennywenny said...

Thanks for the kind comments! The gumpaste used was apparently the nicolas lodge recipe, it was Jackies, I need to give it a try myself. It was pretty tough to roll out, but great to work with.

The Cilantropist said...

These look incredible! And gardenias are just so stunning... :)

caninecologne said...

hi jw - your gardenias look amazing! so lifelike!